Live Audience Only on Saturday, Sep 16, 2023 at 3:00 PM

Tenor Anthony Kalil and Soprano Vanessa Isiguen return to the Seasons Performance hall for an evening of Art song and Opera.

Anthony Kalil & Vanessa Isiguen

w/ Pianist Nicholas Fox

A Special Matinee of Operatic Material for All Ages.

Date: Saturday, Sep 16, 2023

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Doors open at: 2:00 PM


General Admission: $30

2 Person VIP Table: $80

4 Person VIP Table: $160

After abandoning a musical career after graduating college, Kalil's interest in opera was reborn in the Yakima Opera Company in 2008. His success and pleasure in filling The Seasons Performance Hall with pitch-perfect renditions of such classics as "Nessum Dorma" quickly became the stuff of local legend. His own pleasure at singing was matched by his awed listeners who had never heard such a voice! Anthony's success in Yakima motivated him to pursue a career as an opera tenor, a career which was propelled by acceptance and training starting in 2011 at the New York Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He has since been featured at concerts and opera houses around the world.

Now Anthony returns to The Seasons for a command performance of great arias and duets with Soprano (and wife) Vanessa Isiguen. We are especially pleased to also welcome to The Seasons Performance Hall, pianist- Nicholas Fox, the assistant conductor
from Portland Opera.

Acclaimed by the New York Times as “radiant”, American soprano,
Vanessa Isiguen recently joined the roster at the Metropolitan Opera to
cover the dual role of Kitty/ Vanessa in the premiere of _The Hours _by
composer Kevin Puts and librettist Greg Pierce, conducted by Yannick
Nézet-Séguin. She began the 2022-2023 season as a soloist with the
Oregon Symphony, and made her National Concert Hall debut in Dublin in
the title role of _Madama Butterfly_ with the Lyric Opera of Ireland.
She looks forward to returning to the Metropolitan Opera next season to
cover Liù in _Turandot_.

The program will feature works by Verdi, Strauss, Debussy, D. Catàn, and Bizet and excerpts from Puccini’s beloved opera _La Bohème_.

Vanessa Isiguen, Soprano

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Vanessa Isiguen, Soprano

Praised by the New York Times as ‘radiant’, American soprano Vanessa Isiguen is pleased to return to the Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima. Ms. Isiguen recently joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera to cover the dual role of Kitty/ Vanessa in the world premiere of THE HOURS by composer Kevin Puts, conducted by Yannick Nézet‐Séguin. She began the season as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony and made her Lyric Opera debut in Dublin, Ireland in the title role of MADAMA BUTTERFLY. She will be the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Portland Youth Philharmonic this May, and

looks forward to singing the role of Almera in the chamber opera DARK SISTERS by Nico Muhly this fall with Orpheus Opera PDX.

Previous engagements include Cio-Cio-San in MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Florida Grand Opera, and Opera Idaho, Mimì in LA BOHEME for New Orleans Opera, Portland Opera, Sarasota Opera and Eugene Opera, and Beatrice Russo in the New York City premiere of Daniel Catan’s IL POSTINO. Other Concert engagements include her debut with Chamber Music Northwest as a soprano soloist in Mozart’s Notturni, returning soloist for the Portland Opera Gala Maestro George Manahan.

In addition to Italian verismo repertoire, Ms. Isiguen has a great passion for new music and was featured by The New York Times in a video clip depicting her singing the starring role of Roberta Alden in AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Tobias Picker with Glimmerglass Opera Festival. She sang the role of Spirit in the Metropolitan Opera workshop of SORROWS OF FREDERICK and the world premiere of TRES MINUTOS by N. Benavides as Nila with the Seattle Symphony/ Music of Remembrance on a tour of performances in

Seattle and San Francisco. She looks forward to reprising the role of Nila in TRES MINUTOS while making her San Diego Symphony Debut in January of 2024.

Anthony Kalil, Tenor

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Anthony Kalil, Tenor

Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent tenor” with a voice that has “ping and richness,” American tenor Anthony Kalil most recently made his Oregon Symphony debut under the baton of

Maestro David Danzmayr at Portland’s beloved waterfront concert.

Previously, Mr. Kalil made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Young Man in Die Frau ohne Schatten

conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and the 1st Armed Man in The Magic Flute. Mr. Kalil also covered the role of Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth with the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Kalil has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Arizona Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and many others.

Mr. Kalil made his role debut as Nadir in The Pearl Fishers with Seattle Opera and has also performed the role of Alfredo in La Traviata with Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. He also

made his Alice Tully Hall debut in a gala concert with the I Sing Beijing Program, was the tenor soloist for Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, sang the role of Lensky in Eugene Onegin with Vashon Opera, and participated in the I Sing Beijing Program in Beijing, China. Further career highlights include Rodolfo in La Bohème, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly,

the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Canio in Pagliacci, and Gabriel Von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus.
Mr. Kalil is the recipient of an Encouragement Award from the George London Foundation, a Sara Tucker

Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation and Richard Tucker Career Grant, Second Prize in the Gerda

Lissner Competition, and Second Prize from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation. Mr. Kalil was awarded a prize as a Semi-Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is a graduate of the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera.

Nicholas Fox, Pianist

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Conductor-pianist Nicholas Fox has been the Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor at Portland Opera since September, 2013. In his time in Portland, he has prepared the chorus and for over twenty mainstage productions, as well as serving as principal conductor for six mainstage productions. In his capacity as principal coach for the Resident Artist Program, he played for over thirty-full length recitals.

In September, 2009, Mr. Fox was appointed Assistant Chorus Master at New York City Opera. In two seasons in that capacity, he helped prepare productions of Hugo Weisgall’s Esther, Don Giovanni, L’Étoile, Madama Butterfly, L’Elisir d’Amore and the NY premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place. Mr. Fox was appointed Chorus Master at New York City Opera for the 2011-2012 season

A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Fox began studying piano and composition at the age of 12, and after a short time began performing both music from the standard repertoire and his own compositions. He gave numerous recitals in the Los Angeles area, and was a three-time gold medalist in the Southern California J.S. Bach festival.

Mr. Fox received his degree in orchestral conducting from the Mannes College of Music in New York, studying with David Hayes. After graduating from Mannes, Mr. Fox remained an extremely in-demand pianist, coach, teacher, and conductor in the New York area, both in private performance and at all of the major conservatories.

Since his relocation to Portland, Mr. Fox has quickly become a fixture in the musical life of the city as a coach, pianist, and musical advisor.